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"Rule the World" is a song by English boy band Take That. It was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Stardust (2007), and then included on the deluxe edition of their fourth studio album Beautiful World (2006). It was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2007 via digital download and as a CD single the following day. The single peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and went on to become the group's second best selling single, shifting over 1.2 million units and being certified as 2x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

"Rule the World"
Single by Take That
from the album Beautiful World
Released21 October 2007
GenrePop rock
Length3:58 (radio edit)
4:58 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Take That
Take That singles chronology
"Reach Out"
"Rule the World"
"Greatest Day"
Music video
"Rule the World" on YouTube

The music video, featuring the band and an orchestra, was filmed at Abbey Road Studios, and is interspersed with excerpts shown from the film Stardust. Take That performed the song at the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony whilst the Olympic Flame was extinguished. The song was submitted for consideration at the 80th Academy Awards for Best Original Song but was not nominated.[1]


"Rule the World" is the first song written by Take That specifically for a film. Matthew Vaughn, the director of Stardust, contacted Take That in the hope of getting them to write a song for the film. After seeing the film the band members agreed to write and perform a song. The band wrote the chorus of the song while they were in Spain. They played the song for Matthew Vaughn who included it in the end credits of the film. Gary Barlow performs lead vocals. The song is not included on the soundtrack for Stardust, nor on the original release of the album Beautiful World.

It was released internationally exclusively as a single in October 2007, and was premiered live by the band at the inaugural National Movie Awards on 28 September 2007 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. It ended 2007 as the year's 5th biggest-selling single in the UK, despite being released just two months from the end of the year.[2] The song was also the 44th best selling single in the UK of 2008, the following year, and the 16th best selling single in Ireland in 2007.

The full-length version appears exclusively on the Tour Souvenir Edition of the album Beautiful World.

Crossover singer Camilla Kerslake, a protégée of Gary Barlow, has recorded the song on her eponymous debut album as "Il Mondo è Nostro" ("The World Is Ours").

Chart performanceEdit

In October 2007, "Rule the World" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 46 and peaked at number 2, being held off the top spot by Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love". The song became the 5th biggest selling single of 2007 and remained in the Top 100 until 12 April 2009, 1 year, 5 months and 21 days after the single's release. On 21 September 2008, the song managed to climb back up to number 34 on the UK Singles Chart following a performance by contestants on BBC One's Last Choir Standing and on 30 November 2008 it managed to climb up the chart once again to number 27 following its appearance on The X Factor, sung by Rachel Hylton.

The song spent twelve weeks inside the UK top ten, the longest of any Take That song. It re-entered the chart again in November 2009 following another X Factor performance, this time by Stacey Solomon, and again in November 2010, and has spent 75 weeks on the official UK Top 75 chart, making it the 5th longest runner of all time, and 100 weeks on the Top 100. It was the 30th biggest-selling single of the 2000s in the UK. As of March 2017 it has sold 1.06 million copies in the UK, making it the group's second best selling single in the country, behind "Back For Good".[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Digital Spy praised the song, stating it is "a big, proper, important-sounding ballad – the piano chords tremor with passion, the strings sweep impressively and every strum of the guitar seems to quiver with emotion – it offers copious proof that Gary Barlow's flair for melody is still very much intact."[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Barney Clay and filmed at Abbey Road Studios.[5] It shows the band and the orchestra at the studios performing the song. Another version of the video features excerpts shown from the movie Stardust. It premiered on ITV on 22 September 2007.

Live performancesEdit

The song was the finale to The Circus Tour in 2009. This song was also performed on 19 November 2009 for Children in Need on "Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall", where Gary Barlow dedicated it to his father, who had died 5 weeks earlier. Take That performed the song at the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony whilst the Olympic Flame was extinguished. The band's performance of the song during the closing ceremony was lauded as inspirational, in light of the loss of Barlow's stillborn daughter Poppy a week before.[6][7]


Track listingEdit

UK CD single[8]
  1. "Rule the World" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Stay Together" – 3:57
German CD single[9]
  1. "Rule the World" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Stay Together" – 3:57
  3. "Rule the World" (video) – 4:00



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[32] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 2× Platinum 1,200,000[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone


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